I just got back from a visit to Fort Wolters. I wont begin to explain what a astounding trip that was. Everything is the same...only 52 years gone by...I spent the day there and drove over to the Main Heliport on the road between the briefing rooms and the hangars, Grant Road, and told my wife "There has GOT to be a 23 here someplace besides the main gate" (restored I might add) I saw the old hangars where the engine shops used to be. I drove around back and there was a "B" model. The hangar doors were open. I saw an A&E type and his junkyard dog. and inside his boss and.....rows of 23s in every state and condition. and racks of spares. So there is a guy who works on these things!. Pat Pockrus 888-925-5971. 940.325.5971 fax: email@example.com "Fort Wolters Helicopters" 517 Grant Road, Mineral Wells, TX....if anybody has a bubble its Mister Pockrus. He's a for-profit old-timer. Good Luck. LBeedle 10th WOC 69-49 B-1
James Palmer, e-mail, 02.04.2021 03:24
The American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, PA,. USA seeks a bubble in fair condition or better for an OH-23D being restored for static display. Any information about bubble prices and whereabouts would be appreciated. Donations, of course, would be gratefully accepted. Jim Palmer, ORWAC Class 67-22
John Mateyko, e-mail, 22.02.2018 05:06
My flight class 65-7 flew these in primary helicopter flight training at Ft. Wolthers Nov '64-Feb '65. My primary flight instructor had been a B-24 pilot. I cannot believe he could sit there with his arms folded while we practiced touchdown autorotations from a hover.
Dewey Chapman, e-mail, 29.02.2016 02:12
Most of my fellow chopper mechs were trained in San Marcos TX. in 1955. After completing training 12 of us went to an airport in CA. Livermore,CA. We trained there on Bell H13s.After training our group was sent to Libya,as part of an Engr. Battalion, my memory is not as good as it used to be . I think it was the 3099th I think. Libya was a Kingdom at that time . We were stationed on the USAF base called Wheels Fld . If you are young and want to go in the military join the USAF. great food easy duty . At that time 1956 most of us found the beach that was loaded with English ,italian German young ladies NICE Surprise .to shorten this somewhat , I will only say that inspire of it being classed a hardship Post We enjoyed our 18 Mos there.Our helps were Hiller ho23s Great machine . The extra 50..00 flight pay came in very handy Nuff said Bless all the GI s
Ron Neely, e-mail, 04.06.2015 05:57
flew 23,s 69 70 at Wolterslater redid some in Amarillo, Tx .My best memory was the old saying give me 15 acres and I,ll turn this thing around. I carry a lot of fond memories
Peter Boitel-Gill, e-mail, 23.03.2013 20:26
Bought first 12E in 1976 for spraying in UK, followed by about ten more up till 1993. Also three 12E4's. 12E had Lycoming 540 and could carry 70 Imp gallons. When EU banned aerial application in UK, sold 612Es to Greek operator. Great little helicopter. Happy days...
mehic omer, e-mail, 16.12.2012 22:50
I want buy Hiller UH 12 ET? Please help me... Thanks
Brian Buttrum, e-mail, 06.12.2012 05:09
Hi, my name is Brian and I am a civilian contractor at FT. Campbell KY. The AVIM unit that my crew supports is restoring a OH-23A, 1955 model for the Warrior Transition Battalion. This Battalion helps our wounded soldiers return to a normal life. My crew and I are asking for any help restoring this aircraft. We are in great need of a Tail rotor drive shaft from the eng gearbox to the tail boom, a used bubble with doors (as the ACFT will be displayed outdoors), a complete tail rotor assy (blades, yoke, and hardware) also 2 seats, belts etc... any help would be appreciated, Thanks Brian Buttrum 931-561-4232
Bennie J. Shields, e-mail, 02.10.2012 23:58
Fresh out of college in 1966, I got hired to train Army officers to fly helicopters. Most of the 93 pilots I trained were trained in the Hiller H-23.
Barry McHenry, e-mail, 24.02.2012 01:03
Initial training in the OH-23 and after returning from Vietnam I flew about 1,000 hours as an instructor pilot at Ft. Wolters.
Roger D. Huffaker, e-mail, 02.08.2011 08:30
I learned to fly helicopters in the OH-23D at Fort Wolters, TX in June 1962.
OSCAR PIMENTEL, e-mail, 22.03.2011 21:50
DEAR SIR, I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM THAT I HAVE GOOD RELATION OF PARTS SINCE 360 TO 12E NEW AND USED CONDITION, PLACED IN SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL, THANK YOU, VERY MUCH.
Jim Crawford, e-mail, 28.02.2011 23:14
I learned to fly in a OH-23 at Ft Wolters, TX in 1969.
Paul E.Nichols, e-mail, 17.01.2011 06:08
The Uh12D had a Lycoming VO 435 engine in it. Not a VO 540 Your referance is correct in blocked area with pictures and specs, but is incorrect in many other areas. I did the dual carb design thing on the E-model. It reminded me of my hot rod days
Ron Hartleroad, e-mail, 17.12.2010 15:57
Well the restoration has taken a full year but the OH-23 Hiller in Lexington,OK is back on the pole. We put countless off duty hours into a static display. It looks great. If anyone wants to see it email me and I will send you pics.
fabian, e-mail, 21.11.2010 04:03
hola quiciera saber el precio del kit , helicopter 360 /UH-12/ IL 23 puesto en argentina o en brasil gracias saludo a usted muy atte. fabian
Don Bailey, e-mail, 15.11.2010 07:35
I flew the OH-23D at Camp Wolters,TX-circa'62.(ORWAC-62-10A) Flew the OH-23C at Ft. Eustis,VA.["bootleg" time] Flew the OH-23B for 3 years- '63-'66 Ohio Army Guard-107th ACR. Flew the OH-23F [4 place] in Iran-'66-'67. 64th ENG. Bn. Flew the OH-23G & JOH-23L(315 BHP turbocharged) in AZ-NM-UT-NV '68-'71-30th ENG Bn. Flew the UH-12A for Civilian contractor. '63. My flight records indicate about 2,300 hours logged in Hillers. Sturdy birds! Don Bailey-CW4-USA (Ret)
Vic, e-mail, 17.09.2010 01:13
As I remember the the G model had two carbs? And maybe an extra damper on the rotor system? Flying a Huey in '69 in Nam I was cooling it a a field over in the Michelin when I heard a 23 coming in. The pilot landed, frictioned down the collective, disappeared over a berm and came back with a fuel hose. Heard a gas engine crank up (fuel pump) and he filled up the 23, put everything away and left. It belonged to the 23rd Arty Gp. My Crew Chief tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I had paid attention. I said yes. He said "Good, I'm taking tomorrow off".
Mike Cress Sr, e-mail, 25.07.2010 00:19
A couple of years ago there was a guy in Early County Georgia (Blakely area) that was flying an H-23 with a spray boom for crop dusting. That acft might not still be flying and could potentially be available
peter hiller, e-mail, 11.07.2010 02:04
omer mehic, e-mail, 16.02.2010 11:36
I like flying this machine in Serbia. It is pleasure
fred peck, e-mail, 25.01.2010 19:44
Check out the wed site Alohaaeroscouts.org to see how this brids were used in Veitnam.
moses, e-mail, 24.01.2010 22:13
Memories of maneuvering at Fort Wolters so as to get a OH-23 with doors, rather than a 13 or 55, or a helicopter without doors.
Ron Hartleroad Army National Guard, e-mail, 21.10.2009 20:56
I am currently refurbishing an OH-23 at my job here in Lexington,OK. It has been on a pole since 1975. It is still in pretty good condition. I can send pictures of the in progress or completed version if anyone wants. 10/21/2009
Joseph Hood, e-mail, 01.06.2009 08:45
Appreciate if somebody could provide the supplier list of UH-12.
Major General S. Muhammad Azam ( Retired, e-mail, 17.05.2009 18:09
I was busy compiling the history of Pakistan Army Aviation and discovered that Hiller-23 was the first helicopter learned by Pakistan Army Aviators while undergoing flying training at Ft Wolters in 1957 to 1960/64.I would appreciate if some one could post pictures of that time especially if Pakistan Army pilots could be seen.Probably Mr Gammons( 02-05-08 )could offer some help.
jerry, e-mail, 13.05.2009 21:53
I recognize this helicopter from the early James Bond movies, "Goldfinger" and "From Russia with Love". As far as I know, these appearances (possibly the same machine) in two back-to-back films of the series are the only examples of the UH-12 in popular culture.
Jock Williams Yogi 13, e-mail, 23.04.2009 15:22
The Canadian Army had a number of these machines, and as a former Army officer undergoing RCAF pilot training I had a number of friends who flew them -pretty dangerously in some instances as I now recognize! Without mentioning any names, Wally Johnson, Gary Flath, and Rusty Willet all took me on some hair-raising rides -and I fell in love with helicopters -although I learned not to mention it -or I would have been a helo driver rather than a fighter pilot in short order. Years later I became a Kiowa driver voluntarily -and very happily -but that was when fighters were no longer an option. One of the guys I flew with then was nicknamed "Happy Harry the Hiller Killer" -I guess you can imagine what HIS record included! The Hiller served Canada well for many years.
Jock Williams Yogi 13
john steelman, e-mail, 30.03.2009 03:48
anyone know where i can get some -4 blades for a uh-12d hiller
Shauna, e-mail, 21.01.2009 22:44
As a community project, a group has gotten together to try to renovate the entrance to the old Fort Wolters base. Two helicopters used to act as 'guardians' of the base at the entrance. One was an OH-23 (by Fairchild Hiller), the other a TH-55A (by Hughes). Does anyone know if/where/how I could get my hands on replicas or just shells of these kinds of aircrafts?
MIke Cress Sr, e-mail, 28.11.2008 20:30
I trained on both the H-23 and H-13 as a MOS 67Q. I loved the simplicity of the aircraft.
ted, e-mail, 11.09.2008 00:42
I JUST PURCHASED A OH23/12C AND WAS TOLD THAT THE CURRENT DOORS WITH THE SLIDING SIDE WINDOWS ALSO WITH VENTS WERE ONLY LEGAL ON THE 12E MODELS AND NOT ON 12C. COULD YOU HELP ME OUT WITH THIS QUESTION. THANK YOU TED
Gordon McCoy, e-mail, 20.08.2008 21:18
Soloed in that aircraft a Ft. wolters in the Warrent Officer Flight Program back in '68.. Been in love with rotorcaft ever since... Recently retired from the Airlines as a Airbus A-320 Cpt. Owe my love of flying and "war stories" to you, the Hiller builders! Gordon McCoy, Annapolis, MD
perry francis, e-mail, 17.08.2008 02:57
Is it true that a Hiller 12E with a Soloy conversion has landed on top of Mt. McKinley? Does anyone have documentation as to this? Thanks in advance if someone has this information.
vance gammons, e-mail, 02.05.2008 05:38
The OH-23 was the machine at Ft Wolters, Tx when our army flight class went thru basic , Jan - Mar 1959. We had a few B's & D's but mostly C's. The next time I flew one was 1968 at Cu Chi while assigned to the 1st Bde, 25th Inf Div.They were strong ,rugged machines.